We are now living in failed state – Nkombo

We are now living in failed state – Nkombo

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The creation of a failed state is upon us and we alert all Zambians to beware that the Patriotic Front Government is determined to cause chaos as a result of the fear that has gripped President Lungu following the widespread local, regional and international criticism and condemenation over the shabby and embarrassing manner in which the August Elections were rigged.

Our team of UPND leaders which included UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and other senior leaders and supporters came to show solidarity with MMD President Dr. Nevers Mumba, because we have been prepared for these emerging desperate actions from the PF which are simply signs of great fear from frightened men who do not know how to get out of the chaos they have created for themselves after the clumsiest elections in Zambian history, eclipsing even the elections under the One Party UNIP era. They are now making desperate attempts to scare and silence members of the opposition and general public from commenting on the stark revelations that they lost the 2016 August election to the UPND hence their fear to allow the Presidential Petition from being heard.

It is strange that the State Police first arrived at Dr. Mumba’s residence around 10:30 hours demanding to search the house for stolen firearms without a search warrant. When challenged they hurriedly left only to emerge an hour later with a warrant upon which they proceeded to search the house accompanied by Mrs. Florence Mumba while Dr. Mumba held discussions with his lawyer. When the bogus search yielded a blank, they suddenly changed and said they were arresting Dr. Mumba for Criminal Tresspass and requested him to accompany them to Woodlands Police Station

Dr. Mumba has been remanded in custody for a bailable offence of Criminal Traspass resulting from a walk-in visit to ZNBC studios on Thursday 8th September, 2016 where he went to verify an un-clear news item that had ran on the 1900hrs news bulletin related to the on-going Presidential Petition court case after receiving numerous calls from concerned members of the public.

This arrest is nothing but part of a wider clampdown on democratic freedoms which started with the closure of the privately owned Post newspaper, followed by Muvi TV, Komboni and Itezhi-Tezhi radio stations planned ahead of rigging the elections. It is part of a strategy to intimidate and shut the voices of the opposition and any dissenting voice following the controvertial August elections which are widely believed to have been won by the UPND.

We make an urgent appeal to the EU and the Donor community represented in Zambia, the AU and SADC Representatives not to merely standby and watch the deteriorating situation but urge them to make urgent intervention before the situation escalates to dangerous proportions.

The MMD is an electoral strategic alliance partner with the UPND via a signed Memorandum of Understanding in the August 2016 election.

GARY NKOMBO

UPND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT – MAZABUKA CENTRAL

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